Photo: Billy Pasco
My friends over at Independent Music Productions have discovered and polished another gem for your consideration. This one from the band Monks of Mellonwah out of Kenthurst, Australia (a suburb of Sydney). Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t Gregorian Chant. It’s full-tilt rock and roll and it would blow the walls down at the monastery.
I started listening to them a few days ago and found myself coming back for more. And back again and again. The Monks have recently released their latest EP titled “Sky And The Dark Night“. This latest release is in the form of one composition. It’s a departure point for the band; darker and more experimental than previous efforts. Their sound appeals to fans of Porcupine Tree, the Black Keys, and Muse. Personally, I hear those bands but lurking behind the orchestration I also hear some influence of 3 Doors Down, particularly in the vocals and guitar solos. It’s all good and a harbinger of bigger things to come for this band.
For a harder hitting song with more of a honed metal edge, check out “Strider” below. It kicks ass and is meant to be turned up…loud.
For a softer intro that bursts into pure hard-driving rock, click down to the YouTube video for “Neverending Spirit“. This is the tune that most reminded me of 3 Doors Down. It’s from their earlier release “Neurogenesis”.
The past year has seen them go from local Sydney pubs to CMJ, MTV, and tours of the U.S. They recently inked a deal with A&R Worldwide (Adele, Muse).
From their promotional materials:
Strongly influenced by rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Muse, Pink Floyd and the Chili Peppers, the Monks’s music displays a masterful and unique blend of intense space, driving riffs and sharp metaphors. As their sound evolved, so did their love for both classic rock and modern progression/experimentation.
Their first EP, “Stars Are Out” found the Monks receiving significant radio play across Australia on community radio. The band released their first music video “Swamp Groove” in April 2011 and enjoyed airplay on ABC’s music program RAGE. “Swamp Groove” also claimed first prize at a music video night at “Harold’s Shorts” short film festival, receiving great reviews and the award from legendary music historian and personality Glenn A Baker.
The Monks released their second EP “Neurogenesis” in May, 2012, along with a new video for “Neverending Spirit”, to an overwhelming response. In addition to international and national radio play, College Radio in the US and Canada, “Neurogenesis” received hundreds of reviews and features worldwide, including coverage on MTV, Big Takeover Magazine, CMJ, Kings of A&R, Noise 11 and Tonedeaf.
The media attention earned them licensing spots through a number of production companies in the US including Discovery Networks and Bunim Murray. The video for “Neverending Spirit” also received high-profile exposure in the US including MTV Networks. The College Music Journal (CMJ) featured the track on their MixTape for May along with a feature of the band in their magazine.
The Monks successfully toured for “Neurogenesis” throughout Australia in Summer 2012 working with Tone Deaf, and continued their outreach with a United States tour organized by President Entertainment. Their debut full-length is currently in production, partly with legendary producer Keith Olsen and partly self-produced.
The latest offering from the band is the progressive and experimental EP/single “Sky and the Dark Night”, an emotionally charged, heavy offering showcasing the band’s new direction that was hinted at with “Neurogenesis”. It is being released on vinyl and digital only. About the inspiration for “Sky & The Dark Night”, Joe de la Hoyde says “We are each riddled by our own curses and battle our own demons. There are diseases and syndromes, and many things that we can’t understand let alone hope to control. Sky And The Dark Night, to me, is the journey from the beginning of our battles to their fruitless ends; the ups and downs, the triumphs and the failures. It is the undying hope that maybe somewhere along the way, we might find ourselves.”
The Monks of Mellonwah are: Vikram Kaushik (vocals), Joe de la Hoyde (backing vocals/guitar), John de la Hoyde (bass), and Josh Baissari (drums).
Selected SoundCloud Tracks